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Skippin' and Flyin'

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Laurie Lewis' personal tribute to the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the CD mixes songs from bluegrass repertoire, contemporary writers, and Laurie's original songs. In turns lively, exciting, deep, and heartfelt, the songs feature Laurie's expressive vocals and instrumentation by Grammy-award-winning bassist Todd Phillips, the legendary Craig Smith on banjo, and mandolinist/vocalist Tom Rozum. Linda Ronstadt is among the special guests.

''Bill Monroe was not a follower of styles, but steadfastly played his singular music through the good times and the tough, inspiring me with his example to be free to explore my own musical path. Performed with a ''traditional'' bluegrass band (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass), all of the harmony singing stems directly from the school of Bill Monroe. This collection is an installment on those student loans and a warm thank-you to Big Mon.'' - Laurie Lewis (from the liner notes)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spruce and Maple Music
  • ASIN: B005OH6WII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 26, 2011
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Laurie Lewis
"Skippin' And Flyin' "
(Spruce & Maple, 2011)
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A sweet, joyful birthday centennial celebration of the late, great bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, and the music he created... This album is traditionally-oriented, but not quite as stark or severe as Monroe's own recordings... Lewis gives the music a softer touch, both stylistically and emotionally, embracing a very full-of-life, thankful-to-have-Monroe's-music-in-my-world kind of vibe. It's not strictly a Bill Monroe tribute, more of a broad-based homage, with songs from Jimmie Rodgers, Flatt & Scruggs, Del McCoury, Utah Phillips and others, as well as several Laurie Lewis originals, all of it with a familiar feel that fits into the grand, bluegrassy scheme of things. Along for the ride are several longtime Lewis collaborators, such as Tom Rozum, Todd Phillips and banjoists Craig Smith and Patrick Sauber. It's another class act from this California bluegrass mainstay... Fun, heartfelt Bay Area bluegrass! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music
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I've listened to Laurie Lewis's CD now, oh, about 100 times. I've taken it into my heart, and how could one not do that. Each song is a delicately powerful and honest story of something that has meaning, to Laurie and to her listeners. Each song is a work of art and a fine rendering of all that I ever wanted to learn about bluegrass... It must be a story. Sad or funny, you have to go there. I want to cry or to laugh. You have to think about what you are singing, and sing it like it's the last time you will ever sing it. You have to find your authentic self... That's Laurie Lewis's latest CD for me...and Skippin' and Flyin' was yet another wonderful surprise and example in my life education about bluegrass music and song writing. She is the best of the best.

The Pharoah's Daughter. The first time I heard this song was when I was in a lesson with Laurie, and we had run out of songs to work on and she just popped this one at me, a song she had written-- I was so touched, speechless. It is the ultimate story, with a beautiful melody and soulful sound. If the album had only this song I think I would have been happy. But you always want more. Some examples:

Dreams.... this song is up there in the clouds, the perfect country gem by Del McCoury, with Laurie's amazing voice, and Linda Ronstadt. It is Gorgeous, haunting. I can't get over this song, it just keeps playing for me, and that is the mark of a beautiful song and some beautiful musicians.

Blue Moon of Kentucky. I feel she nailed it with her voice, and the minimalist surroundings of the song. The true song it was meant to be.

A Lonesome Road... A Bill Monroe tune that really shows why he is the father of bluegrass...and why Laurie met him and learned from him, how to be Laurie Lewis.
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I think the album is among her best. I enjoyed the version of "Tenbrooks" (or its version of the spelling), a favorite of mine anyway. Interesting history in the liner notes of all the songs. Ok, enough said...how about another new album now, Laurie?
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